Charles Green, the new Chairman of The Rangers F.C., enjoyed a special tour of the University of Glasgow. Following a freedom of information request by Herald journalist Robert McNeil, it was revealed today that campus chaplain Stuart McQuarrie gave Green a tour of campus, including taking him up the John Scott bell tower.
According to the University’s reply, special permission was granted to the couple by the Assistant Bedellus, Christine Donnolly, for the visit on November 2nd. Arranged tours via the visitor centre and SRC do not include access to the tour.
Green is the newly appointed Chief Executive of Rangers F.C., newly formed in June of this Summer, after the previous company fell into severe financial difficulties. Following business success in engineering and financial marketing, Green was a controversial Chief Executive of Sheffield Wednesday F.C., where he was forced to reign after protests against his management. This boisterous style has continued since he took over the financial affairs at Ibrox. In August he was disciplined by the Scottish Football Association for bringing the game into disrepute, after accusing SFA members of “bigotry”. He is currently entangled in a boycott dispute after supporting calls from fans to refuse tickets for a Scottish cup tie against Dundee United F.C.
The information released by the University of Glasgow provides evidence of Green’s long-term interest in the Govan side. The University states that Green was visiting Gilmorehill in a personal capacity – considering educational opportunities for his children – rather than in any corporate or footballing role.
This may bring relief to sporting enthusiasts of all other shades, who are now safe in the knowledge that any sponsorship deals between the University and ‘the Gers’ remains unlikely. Speculation remains that the University may introduce a ‘GUSA Football Scholarship Scheme’ whereby members of the University football team will be selected for Rangers matches. In reply, Rangers players will receive scholarships to study part-time at Glasgow in courses of their choice. As it stands this report remains unverified. One member of the campus sports association commented: “Am no really interested. I’d rather play for Partick Thistle.”
1) I work as a tour guide at the University of Glasgow. If Charles Green or any other football Chief Executives would like a tour, I’m available for £10/hour at thoughtsFromTheKelvin@hotmail.co.uk
2) I’ve met Stuart McQuarrie on a couple of occasions and he is a lovely campus chaplain.